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Physical Education
in School Life

The aims of the department are to ensure that work within Physical Education and Sport is designed to support, contribute to and complement the aims of the school.

Physical education and Sport serves school life at several levels:

  • as a core subject in the National Curriculum;
  • as a subject in the whole school curriculum;
  • as an academic subject at GCSE and A-level;
  • as a contribution to the ‘extended curriculum’ – the clubs, groups and organised activities which are open to all pupils to join, and which enrich the social and cultural life of the school;
  • as a school representative activity, as in school sports teams; and
  • as part of a schools contribution to community, educational, recreational and cultural life.

All these levels are important both to pupils and to the school as a whole, and play a major role in building the ‘foundation’ experience which future involvement in physical activity, sport and recreation is based, whether as an official, coach, participant, performer or elite sports-player.

Physical Education contributes to the overall education of pupils by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful physical activity.

The purpose of providing a varied diet of physical education and sport at Adams is to help all pupils to:

  • appreciate and enjoy moving and achieving in physical activity;
  • develop competence and confidence in physical skills;
  • understand and appreciate a range of kinds of physical activity;
  • be able to take part effectively on their own, with partners and in groups, in both competitive and co-operative situations;
  • select, practice and improve, to set their own goals and make sensible decisions about their participation in physical activity – which activity and at what level;
  • understand and appreciate that attitude is as important as ability when it comes to achieving success;
  • value safety codes, minimise risk, avoid danger and respond appropriately, when necessary, to emergency situations;
  • decide on the most appropriate roles for them to play – as performer, spectator, official or group leader;
  • recognise, understand, appreciate and comment on good and bad performance;
  • experience stretch and challenge;
  • learn to cope responsibly with success and failure: physical education can provide an alternative platform for success for those pupils who may not find it in the academic sphere;
  • value the contribution which physical education and exercise can make towards their health, well-being and lifestyle;
  • understand and appreciate the importance of valuing the contributions of others, whether male or female, whatever their level of ability or social and cultural background;
  • appreciate the importance of fair play and of abiding by the rules and codes of conduct in all activities;
  • become involved in activities which are socially valued, worthwhile and contribute to young people’s development into responsible and sensitive adults;
  • develop relevant skills, knowledge and understanding for future vocations in sport or recreation;
  • develop a real motivation and inner drive to continue to develop their sporting talents; and
  • become ‘fitness independent’ by developing the confidence and self efficacy necessary in taking the step towards becoming involved in sport at whatever level once they move on from school.


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PE and Games Staff

Mr T Bate
B.Sc. (Wales) CPS (MMU) M.Sc. (Worcs)

Mr S D Blount
B.Sc. (Worcester)
Head of Sport

Mr I Fowler
B.Sc. (S. Glamorgan Inst. of HE)

Mr R D Mulhern
B. Ed. (Worcester), NPQH
Head of PE

Mr DJ Murray
B. Sc. (Birmingham)